History of Social Media

  • First ARPANET Link Established

    First ARPANET Link Established
    The first ARPANET link was established between UCLA and the Standford Research Intitute.
  • First Email Sent

    First Email Sent
    The first electronic message was sent between two computers by Ray Tomlinson.
  • "Internet" term coined

    "Internet" term coined
    The term “Internet” was coined by Vinton Cerf, Yogen Dalal and Carl Sunshine at Stanford University
  • Ethernet introduced

    Ethernet introduced
    Ethernet was invented by Robert Metcalf. Introduced commercially in 1980
  • TCP/IP Becomes Standard

    TCP/IP Becomes Standard
    TCP/IP Becomes the standard for comunicating between computers on over the internet.
  • DNS Implemented

    DNS Implemented
    Paul Mockapetris creates the Domian Name System at the University of California.
  • First Dot-Com Registration

    First Dot-Com Registration
    [First Domain]( First commercial internet domain name registered by
  • First Worm Virus

    First Worm Virus
    The first computer worm was released on the internet by Cornell student Robert Morris.
  • First Consumer Dial-Up Connection Available

    First Consumer Dial-Up Connection Available
    First Dial-Up service provider was "The World"
  • Internet hits 2.6 million users

    The internet now has 2.6 million users. 73% of those users were living in the United States and 15% were living in Europe. The only other countries with internet access at the time were Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, and Israel.
  • World Wide Web Opens To The Public

    The World Wide Web (what we know as "www.") opened to the general public. Creator Tim Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the project on alt.hypertext newsgroup.
  • Tripod as first onilne community

    Tripod as first onilne community
    Tripod opened as comminity online for college students and young adults
  • CERN Donates WWW Tech

    CERN Donates WWW Tech
    CERN donated the WWW technology to the world.
  • Mosaic Web Browser Released

    Mosaic Web Browser Released
    Mosaic, what becomes the most popular web browser upon the realease of the World Wide Web to the public, is released. Also described as the first graphical web browser.
  • Yahoo! GeoCities is launched

    Yahoo! GeoCities is launched
    Anyone can create a website with Yahoo! GeoCities.
  • as the newest social media as the newest social media emerges as a way to keep up with old high school buddies.
  • I million websites

    The web has one million sites
  • AIM Launch

    AIM Launch
    AOL launches its instant messaging service.
  • SixDegrees launch

    SixDegrees launch, a social networking site is launched.
  • Google launch

    Google launch
    Google becomes a registered search engine and index
  • Napster

    Napster, a peer-to-peer file sharing network, is introduced. Napster was generally used to share audio MP3 files amongst users, generally music. The sharing of music raised issues of copywrite infrignement and eventually ceased P2P sharing and later became an internet music store.
  • Wikipedia launch

    Wikipedia launch
    Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched the website that had first been imagined by Rick Gates 1993.
  • Google Images launch

    Google Images launch
    Intially offering only 250 million images as compared to the 10 billion plus images that can currently be found there.
  • iTunes Store Launch

    iTunes Store Launch
    iTunes iTunes was developed by Bill Kincaid and orginally launched in 1999 by Casady & Greene. It was renamed and revamped starting in 2000 when Apple, Inc. purchased it.
  • LinkedIn Launch

    LinkedIn Launch
    LinkedIn LinkedIn was created in December 2002, but did not launch until May 2003. It is a business-oreinted networking service.
  • Second Life Virtual World Launch

    Second Life Virtual World Launch
    Second Life Second Life was developed by Linden Lab in 2003. It is a virtual place where users can interact through avatars.
  • MySpace Launch

    MySpace Launch
    MySpace The social network MySpace was launched by founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson.
  • Facebook Launch

    Facebook Launch
    Facebook The social network Facebook was launched by founder Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Google Launches Gmail

    Google Launches Gmail
    Gmail Google developer, Paul Buccheit, started Gmail as a project in 2001. Google finally released the software to the public in 2004.
  • World of Warcraft launches

    World of Warcraft launches
    Developed by Blizzard Entertainment and originally launced 10 years after the first game in Warcraft franchise.
  • Facebook Reaches 1 Million Users

    Facebook Reaches 1 Million Users
    Facebook Facebook reaches 1 Million users 10 months after launching
  • Youtube Launch

    YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005.
  • Launch of Google Maps

    Launch of Google Maps
    Google Maps is a desktop and mobile web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, offering satellite imagery, street maps, and Street View perspectives, as well as functions such as a route planner for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (beta test), or with public transportation.
  • Google Purchased YouTube

    Google Purchased YouTube
    Google puchased YouTube for $1.65 billion.
  • Twitter Launch

    Twitter Launch
    Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass and by July 2006, the site was launched.
  • Launch of Tumblr

    Launch of Tumblr
    Tumblr (stylized in its logo as tumblr.) is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc.
  • Launch of IPhone

    Launch of IPhone
    Apple released first IPhone which allowed for social media applications to be used from cellular device.
  • Launch of Pandora

    Launch of Pandora
    Pandora Internet Radio (also known as Pandora Radio or simply Pandora) is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service that serves as "custodian" of the Music Genome Project.
  • Launching of Google Chrome

    Launching of Google Chrome
    Google Chrome is a freeware web browser[9] developed by Google. It used the WebKit layout engine until version 27 and, with the exception of its iOS releases, from version 28 and beyond uses the WebKit fork Blink.
  • Launch of Foursquare

    Launch of Foursquare
    Foursquare is a location-based social networking website for mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users "check in" at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by selecting from a list of venues the application locates nearby.
  • Whats App

    Whats App
    WhatsApp Inc. was founded in 2009 by US Citizens Brian Acton and Jan Koum (also the CEO), both former employees of Yahoo!, and is based in Mountain View, California.[1][2] The company employs 55 people
  • Pintrest Launched

    Pintrest Launched
    Founded by Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp, and Ben Silbermann
  • Instagram Launched

    Instagram Launched
    Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger
  • WeChat

    The application was initially launched as Weixin in China in January 2011
  • Timehop

    Founded by Jonathan Wegener and Benny Wong
  • Google+

    Google+ was created by Google
  • Snapchat

    Snapchat was started by Reggie Brown and Evan Spiegel as a project for one of Spiegel's classes at Stanford University
  • Vine

    Vine was founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll.
  • Google Glass created

    Google Glass created
    Google Glass was developed by Google X
  • Tinder Launched

    Tinder Launched
    Developed by IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • Google Glass Open to Public

    Google Glass Open to Public
    Google Glass became officially available to the general public on May 15th, 2014, for a price of $1500.